Local Sports Columns

Pios seek improved effort on defense

Marietta College was a pretty good defensive team en route to a men's basketball program best 28-4 record last season.The Pioneers didn't allow an opponent to score 80-plus points until the 16th game of the campaign on Jan. 21, and even then they still defeated the University of Mount Union, ...

‘It all ended too quick’

BEVERLY - Eerily, the smoke, fog, mist or whatever it was drifted across the playing field late Saturday evening. It was both haunting and mesmerizing at the same time.It seemed to linger momentarily near midfield where Fort Frye possessed the football late in the fourth quarter. The Cadets ...

Former MC Pioneer defending J.T. Barrett

When Phil Templeton played football at Marietta College back in the 1980s, he liked to put pressure on the opposing quarterback.In his senior season, he shared the Pioneer team lead in sacks with three with teammate Duane Gentilucci.That same year (1987), Templeton was a first-team All-Ohio ...

Reds legend to be missed

Several years ago longtime Cincinnati Reds fan and director of the Reds Legends Baseball Camp Mike Wagner came up with the idea of creating a local chapter of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in the Mid-Ohio Valley.In February 2010 in an effort to promote the idea and generate membership Wagner ...

Great year for local golfers

What a year it was for high school golf in Washington County.The area has featured top-notch golf talent for awhile now and the 2015 season was a testament to that.Not only did Waterford send both its boys and girls teams to the state tournament, but Warren's Nick Ward qualified as an ...

Pregame hug a precious moment in time

With a hint of rain in the air, Eric Huck and his dad Terry stood just outside the visitor's locker room at Waterford during the early evening of Sept. 11.In a minute or two, the Fort Frye football team was expected to file out the door and onto the gridiron to play against its longtime rival ...

Splash dancing at Jerry’s world

If you were seeking the perfect mud puddle, you would've discovered it and many more during Marietta High's soccer match against Rosecans High at Jerry Brock Lake, er, I mean, Jerry Brock Field, in Devola late Tuesday afternoon, early evening.If a baseball game or golf match had been ...

Marietta College mistakes costly against Otterbein

Top-ranked Ohio State had five turnovers against visiting Northern Illinois Saturday, and still came out on top, 20-13.That night, NCAA Division III No. 2 Mount Union had seven penalties for 91 yards (and no turnovers) against Muskingum University but still won easily, 56-0.Also the same ...

Ex-Tiger a college FB team captain

Justin Futrell dons a quarterback jersey number - 11.But, the ex-Marietta High Tigers football player is listed as a 6-foot-3, 205 pound senior tight end on the Cornell College roster.And, two games into this season, the only action he's seen has been on defense, where he's been credited with ...

Belpre senior doing both XC and football

At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Cray Sistrunk doesn't really look like an elite prep cross country runner.But the Belpre High senior definitely is.Most of the real good harriers are rail thin with little or no body fat.Sistrunk is more muscular and looks like a football player.Guess what, he is.That's ...

Warren senior setting the pace

Brent Ash has to be one of the favorites to finish first at the Scenic Hills Lions Club Invitational at Warren High this upcoming Saturday at 10 a.m.The 18-year-old cross country standout kicked off the Warriors' season last weekend with a win at the 16th Annual Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial ...

Broughton one of best XC venues in Ohio

Dale Leeper has been in the Marietta High and Middle School cross country programs since 1996.The longtime running enthusiast, attorney (TheisenBrock), and current MHS XC head coach was pretty much at the starting line of what is currently the Elizabeth S. Broughton race course at the Broughton ...

Warren punter a weapon

VINCENT - Anthony Fish has a dilemma.The second-year Warren High head football coach has one of the best punters in the land in son Robert Fish.Since an early age, the younger Fish, from the third grade on, has been winning punt, pass, and kicking competions year-in and year-out. This year, ...

MHS keeper made the ‘perfect save’

Not to sound poetic, but if surfers are always seeking the perfect wave, do soccer goalkeepers look to make the perfect save?Well...Marietta High freshman goalie Brookelyn Heiss definitely had one last Saturday afternoon in Vincent.Before getting to that - the perfect save - though, a little ...

Coach could get people to smile

"I received some shocking news today."Jim Thrash said it best in an email that he sent me at the office Thursday night."My friend and former MHS head girls' basketball coach and assistant football coach Scott Miller passed away," continued the longtime Marietta Tigers' baseball skipper.Miller ...

‘Beard-twirling’ was a Brock trademark

Jerry Brock has a distinguished-looking beard, and occasionally at matches he would fuss with it during his soccer coaching days at Marietta High.A nervous gesture? Perhaps."That (beard-twirling) was a trademark," recalled eighth-year MHS boys soccer coach Todd Morris on "Jerry Brock Day" at ...

Dave Combs to be missed

Over the years, whenever you made a hole-in-one at Lakeside Golf and Country Club in Beverly, Dave Combs always made sure that you received the recognition that you deserved for the accomplishment.Almost immediately, or the following day, after the ace, Dave would fax The Marietta Times in ...

Morris even helped pick up rocks

Todd Morris, the man behind the scheduled Aug. 8 "Jerry Brock Field" dedication ceremony in Devola, was the Marietta High boys soccer team's goalkeeper from 1992 to 1995.After his playing days, he became an invaluable member of Brock's coaching staff. And, he didn't become a paid assistant ...

Warren coach plain spoken

VINCENT - Anthony Fish is very serious about winning football games at Warren.So serious in fact that the second-year Warriors' head coach dismissed last season's offensive coordinator. Himself."The problem was my offense wasn't very good." said Fish during a brief break at Warren's opening ...

Ohio St. offense just got better

Ohio State football fans have been preparing for the most unprecedented quarterback battle in the history of college football.In Braxton Miller (two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year), J.T. Barrett (fifth in 2014 Heisman voting) and Cardale Jones (winner of Big Ten Championship, Sugar ...